Deputy Head (Pastoral), County Durham

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Barnard Castle SchoolCounty Durham

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Start date: September 2018 or sooner
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Barnard Castle School is seeking an outstanding individual to be Deputy Head Pastoral for our thriving day and boarding school, which has remained at the forefront of girls’ and boys’ education for over 130 years. 

The school is renowned for its outstanding pastoral care, and this key role will lead this most important aspect of the school’s provision. The successful candidate will be a driven, ambitious and inspiring individual, and will possess the skills to lead the proactive nature of the school’s pastoral provision, recognising the ever changing world in which our pupils are growing, developing and learning. They will also have the emotional intelligence to deal with the myriad of complex issues that can arise on a daily basis with children, staff and parents.   

You will build on the school’s already excellent reputation for pastoral care, and to help lead and make Barnard Castle School the leading independent school in the country with regards to pastoral care.  This involves helping with the exciting refurbishment of the pastoral spaces within the school.   

There is an expectation of the Deputy Head Pastoral being a kind and compassionate person who is generous with their time, and responsive to the needs of the girls, boys and staff in the school. There is also the need to be able to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships; this will include pupils, Governors, the Headmaster, other staff and parents; to demonstrate personal strength of character through intellect, integrity and fairness.  To show a strong commitment to safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people and to demonstrate a growth mindset, self-awareness and to be prepared to work long hours and regularly go above and beyond the normal commitments of a boarding school.

The School is seeking to appoint a person with the following qualities, experience, skills and abilities.  

Essential Criteria: 

  • Kindness, patience and a good sense of humour; 
  • Leadership qualities, including energy, resilience and the ability to enthuse, motivate and inspire others; 
  • A genuine interest in and strong commitment to the wellbeing of pupils academically, emotionally and socially, and the development of the whole person; 
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with teachers, pupils and parents; 
  • Proven expertise as a classroom teacher in a specialist subject;
  • Approachability, accessibility and flexibility; 
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and ICT skills.   

Desirable Criteria: 

  • A co-educational background; 
  • Experience of dealing with boarding.

Deadline: Monday 29th January 2018 at 9.00am.  

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 12th February 2018

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More about Barnard Castle School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Denomination: Inter-denominational
Address: Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8UN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1833 690222
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